DUBLIN looks set to be the most hotly contested constituency in the European elections after a new opinion poll revealed eight candidates are in contention for just three seats.
The poll shows a change of fortunes for Fine Gael minister Brian Hayes who is sitting on top with 18pc. And a dogfight is on the cards for the final two seats with just eight points separating seven hopefuls.
Sinn Fein's Lynn Boylan (inset) is in second place on 15pc. However, the Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post was carried out prior to the events surrounding the arrest of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
According to the poll findings, Emer Costello (Lab) and Mary Fizpatrick (FF) are both tied on 13pc. They are followed by Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (12pc), Nessa Childers (10pc) and Brid Smith (9pc).
According to the latest poll, Fianna Fail MEP Brian Crowley (28pc) and Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly (18pc) appear set to take a seat in Ireland South. Mr Kelly's performance has improved following the Millward Brown poll in the Irish Independent which showed him at risk of losing his seat.
Sinn Fein's Liadh Ni Riada is polling well on 14pc, followed by Labour's Phil Prendergast (9pc), Fine Gael's Deirdre Clune (8pc) and her party colleague Simon Harris (7pc).
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